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Occupational Safety Management MS

Earn a degree in this high-demand field with excellent employment and salary opportunities. The safety profession focuses on keeping people safe while also preventing harm to property and the environment. You will gain hands-on experience with current laboratory and field technology, paid internships, participation in premier conferences, and applied projects.

Earn your GSP designation

All Occupational Safety Management majors are awarded the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation upon application at graduation. GSP is an alternate path toward the professional certification of Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Only students who graduate from a Qualified Academic Program meeting the standards of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals are eligible for the GSP designation, making it highly respected.

Learn more about the GSP 


Employment Opportunities

UCM and the Safety Sciences programs have excellent placement rates. Our students are extremely competitive in the job market and have earned excellent starting salaries.

Check out UCM’s first destination success and salary statistics 

What are the admissions requirements?

Students are admitted into one of three Areas based upon their education and work experience at the time of application. Students must specify which Area they are seeking admission into. Once admitted into an Area, students may not change Areas without applying for a change of degree program through the Graduate School and being approved by Safety Sciences.

All Applicants must meet the following admissions requirement:

Possession of a bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited University with a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Additional requirements by Area are as follows (only need to meet the requirements of the Area applying for and admitted into):

  • Professional Certification Area – Admission into this Area requires current possession of any of the following designations or certifications in good standing: Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP), or Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
  • Work Experience Area – A minimum of 1 year of full time work experience with at least 50% job duties related to safety. Work experience must be documented from one of the following:
    1. Eligibility to sit for the ASP exam – eligibility letter from BCSP must be submitted with application to the program. OR
    2. Possession of current certification in good standing of any of the following certifications through the BCSP:
      1. Safety Management Specialist (SMS)
      2. Occupational Hygiene and Safety Technician (OHST)
      3. Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST)
      4. Safety Trained Supervisor (STS)
      5. Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC)
  • Foundation Area –
    • One semester of each of the following subjects with a grade of C or better: chemistry, physics, college algebra or higher-level math, and statistics
    • Students must complete SAFE 5100** (taken before or concurrently with SAFE 5140). All admissions requirements, as well as SAFE 5140, SAFE 5200**, and SAFE 5210** must be completed before they may enroll in any 5000- or 6000-level required courses.

    **(1 credit hour courses)

How do I apply?

Complete your application and be sure to provide the Graduate and International Student Services with official transcripts.

Those transcripts can be sent to:

University of Central Missouri
Graduate and International Student Services
Ward Edwards Building, Room 1800
Warrensburg, MO 64093

If you have any questions about applying, contact the Graduate and International Student Services at

660-543-4621 or 660-543-4092
FAX: 660-543-4778

Website: graduate-and-international- student-services/index.php  


Where can I find enrollment and graduation data?

UCM publishes a Fact Book with enrollment information and graduation data for the University and individual programs.

Program Student Outcomes

 At the time of graduation, the student with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety Management will be able to:  

1. anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and develop control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices;
2. demonstrate the application of business and risk management concepts;
3. demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental aspects of safety, industrial hygiene, environmental science, fire science, hazardous materials, emergency management, ergonomics, and/or human factors;
4. design and evaluate safety, health, and/or environmental programs;
5. apply adult learning theory to safety training methodology;
6. identify and apply appropriate standards, regulations, and codes;
7. conduct accident investigations and analyses;
8. apply principles of safety and health in a non-academic setting through an internship, cooperative, or supervised experience.

Program Educational Objectives

The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety Management will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the programs to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional integrity and ethical standards.
  • Recognize the importance of contemporary global and societal issues as they relate to the practice of occupational safety and health.
  • Develop, coordinate, and/or participate on multidisciplinary teams to protect people, property, and the environment.
  • Recognize the importance of life-long learning for the purpose of enhancing discipline-specific technical competencies.
  • Analyze injury, illness, and liability trends to help establish priority direction.
  • Organize limited resources for optimum risk control.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate hazard control processes for a performance safety program.


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